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Wine with legs (Part 2)

Vineyards have their own personality – odd though that sounds. So do vines – even stranger? Let me explain: you may have seen the...

Wine with legs

It's largely an obsolete term nowadays, but there was a time when wines were sometimes referred to as having 'good legs'. If holding a...

All the best stories start with a plot

It is far better to travel to a winery for a tour, and crucially, a tasting, with somebody else driving! The more so, when...

New bodega in Yecla

It's not every day that one is invited to the inauguration of a brand new bodega here in Spain; the more so when the...

DOP Bullas takes its place on both national & international stages

My third opportunity to visit and taste the wines of DOP Bullas occurred recently when I was once again invited to join the panel...

EU to investigate Prosecco supply & demand anomalies

Ever wondered why, for at least three consecutive years, UK consumers were warned of a Prosecco shortage, yet the shortfall never appeared? Ever contemplated...

If not now then when!

Vinoteca solves the conservation conundrum I'm fortunate, I know. I receive wines from all over Spain each month, sent by bodegas hoping for a review...

Bear with me – this is the Wine Column!

Politically, it's fair to say that I inhabit the middle ground. I abhor extremism, be it left or right. Blinkered allegiance to a political...

Classic Rioja is hard to beat!

In my view, there's Rioja, and there's Rioja! Commentators like myself, and others far more eminent than 'little' me, have expressed concerns about the standard...

Sparkling wine made by the ancestral method!

So, Dom Pérignon invented the method by which Champagne is made. Well, no actually! It is true that Dom Pérignon and his fellow monks...

Celebrating the end of ‘La Crisis’

  After twenty years in the Spanish Wine World, which has included countless winery visits, I suppose it's inevitable that some of the people who...

Spanish wines for the Chinese New Year

Fortuitously (like the cookies?) this year's Chinese New Year fell on the weekend of one of the Fine Wine & Gourmet Dine programmes on...

La guerre des vins and its implications

I'm quite sure that the perpetrators of the recent (Jan. 2017), surely criminal, acts of vandalism targeting Spanish bulk wine tankers just over the...

Historic Somontano & a bodega with modernity at its core

Forgive me if you've heard this before, but I do believe it's worth saying again – I've never tasted a poor wine from DO...

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